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Samedi

August 1st

Satchmo Summerfest

Old U.S. Mint, All Day

Get your trad jazzz on

 

Whitney White Linen Night
Julia Street, 6p.m.
Art, cocktails and lots of linens

 

The Revivalists
Tipitina’s, 10p.m.
In support of new album, Men Amongst Mountains

 

Ale on Oak Anniversary Party
Ale on Oak, 4p.m.
Free Ale from 4-6p.m.!

 

Stanford Prison Experiment
Zeitgeist, 9:30p.m.
Psychological thriller based on the true story of a college experiment gone wrong

Event to Mark Three Years Since Sinkhole Devastated Bayou Corne


By Lucy Leonard

On August 3, 2012, the lives of the people living on Bayou Corne changed forever. Deep beneath the feet of the city’s citizens, an underground salt dome cavern, owned by Texas Brine Company, collapsed. The event caused the creation of a dangerous sinkhole, which released oil and gases and sucked sediment, trees and more downward. As the now nearly empty community approaches the three-year anniversary of the disaster, documentary filmmaker and New Orleans resident Victoria Greene is hoping to bring the community back together for closure.


Today in NOLA: 6.22.15


This Monday, a serious documentary screens at the Prytania and live music plays on all sides of town. Happy 47th birthday to Lumar LeBlanc, snare drummer and founding member of the Soul Rebels. Details for tonight:


NOFF: Revisiting the Death of Louisiana’s Kingfish in 61 Bullets


“It’s an inherited story,” says Producer Yvonne Boudreaux about the documentary film 61 Bullets. “My great uncle, Dr. Carl Weiss, supposedly, allegedly assassinated Huey P. Long, the Governor and Senator of Louisiana in 1935.”


NOFF: The Last Kamikazes of Metal


By Jason Raymond

Last year filmmakers Biliana and Marina Grozdanova worked as volunteers with the New Orleans Film Festival. This year, the duo returned to NOFF to screen their latest music documentary. The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal follows the story of the Chicago band Hessler. 

 


Film Review: 20,000 Days On Earth


Let me confess that I'm not a fan of Nick Cave's music nor have I read any of his books. I did see and like The Proposition [2006], which he wrote. Does that make a difference when enduring 20,000 Days on Earth? I found myself several times thinking about Pink Floyd, whose music I have known since The Wall.  Would I enjoy watching this film if Roger Waters or David Gilmour had made it and not Nick Cave?


Film Review: Kink


After one dismisses the splash and spank of its BDSM subject matter, James Franco produced Kink is simply a film with structural shortcomings. If you don't know what "BDSM" means, by all means drop the term in a search engine. You may not want to do this at work, with kids around, or at a library. The millions of hits that result demonstrate the popularity of the subject matter, but kink never saves or damns Kink. The way that the film is made does the latter.

 


Film Review: The Vivian Maier Mystery


If fine art has a consistent ancillary joy, it's finding great talent suddenly, in quantity. Five years ago, a number of storage locker hunters discovered photographer Vivian Maier. While the elderly Maier lay dying in a Chicago hospital, her life's work got divided a and auctioned off. Buyers wanted not her art, but her suitcases, clothes, the hope of finding hidden antiques. Maier had been a hoarder for decades. She stashe ad more and more items into storage lockers until she finally couldn't afford the bills. Her mental illness and penury are the only reasons she's now had a career ascent akin to Diane Arbus in the early seventies.


Film Review: Citizen Koch


Let's begin with a simple assertion: Citizen Koch is propaganda. Now the word "propaganda" has developed a pejorative aura.  Decades ago, the word often tag-teamed with the adjective "Soviet."  The incompetent authoritarian regime running the U.S.S.R. created media outlets whose content diverged so far from reality to become national jokes. Wheat yields would be declared record-breaking when collective agriculture failed so miserably malnourishment became epidemic.


NoDef Film Review: Case Against 8


There comes a point after you've seen another terrific documentary when you must wonder the point of reviewing other types of movies. I certainly could go see 22 Jump Street and probably write a bad review. Jonah Hill, after all, appears. He's the fourth guy falling down John Belushi Abyss (Farley, Candy) in my lifetime. And you would go see it anyway. The whole exercise is repetitive, expensive, pointless and frustrating - like American foreign policy. With The Case Against 8, however, we have things to discuss. 


Today in New Orleans 2.09.14


Today, Champion Square is full of king cakes, live music, and family friendly activities for kids. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is playing at Anthony Bean Community Theater, and Shotgun Cinema is screening Let the Fire Burn, a documentary about the only instance of an American Mayor bombing his own city. On this date in 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the confederate states. Now, more to do this Sunday. 


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Contributors:

Dead Huey Long, Emma Boyce, Elizabeth Davas, Ian Hoch, Lindsay Mack, Anna Gaca, Jason Raymond, Lee Matalone, Phil Yiannopoulos, Joe Shriner, Chris Staudinger, Chef Anthony Scanio, Tierney Monaghan, Stacy Coco, Rob Ingraham,

Staff Writers

Cheryl Castjohn, Sam Nelson

Theatre Critic

Michael Martin

Photographers

Brandon Roberts, Rachel June, Daniel Paschall

Film Critic

Jason Raymond

Puzzler

Paolo Roy

Art Director:

Michael Weber, B.A.

Editor:

B. E. Mintz

Published Daily by

Minced Media, Inc.

Editor Emeritus



Stephen Babcock